Poyet: Carlisle defender unlucky with own goal

El-Hadji Ba forces home Sunderland's third goal against Carlisle. Picture by Kevin Brady
El-Hadji Ba forces home Sunderland's third goal against Carlisle. Picture by Kevin Brady
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SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet, whose side has conceded five own goals to date this season, was relieved to see the Black Cats’ luck change against Carlisle today - with visiting defender Sean O’Hanlon putting through his own goal.

Poyet said: “We were talking on the bench about it. I know Sean O’Hanlon quite well and he was very unfortunate. It went for us today.”

The win was all the more pleasing for Poyet as he was forced to field midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng as a central defender after seeing Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge join John O’Shea on the injured list.

He said with a smile: “We are going to become a cup team. It was a professional performance today. We needed to do the job.

“It’s never easy. You need to cope with a few situations and a few shots, but in the end, you need to be better, so job done.”